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Son of my Heart (standard:poetry, 347 words)
Author: SarahAdded: Apr 02 2001Views/Reads: 2423/4Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A poem about my first-born child.
 



SON OF MY HEART 

For Tom 


First-born son of my heart 
son of my life 
never was a child awaited 
with more anticipation and 
received with such love 

Do you remember how I sang 
Tombo, Tombo 
Where You Gonna Go-we-o 
and all those other silly childhood songs 

I yearn to hold that little baby 
just once more 
to touch him with my love 

Pliable, happy, easily directed 
you were such a good baby I knew 
I wanted to have a dozen more like you 
years later I realized it was less my expertise 
and more your inherent nature that made you 
such a delightful, good-natured baby 

I'll never forget the time you were bitten 
by a child during social hour after church 
I think it hurt me and grandpa much more 
than it hurt you 

I yearn to hold that little baby 
just once more 
to touch him with my love 

As your brother and sisters came along 
your dad and I expected too much 
we took advantage of your innate sense 
of responsibility and goodness 
we expected you to be our little man 
setting standards much too demanding 
always though, you tried to comply 
I yearn to hold that little boy 
just once more 
to touch him with my love 

Moving to Tennessee 
taking you from your friends 
at First Baptist Church 
uprooted you all much more 
than we realized at the time 
yet I know we hoped 
it would be a new beginning 
for all of us 

First-born son of my heart 
son of my life 
I yearn for another chance 

A chance to be more patient 
more understanding 
more appreciative 
of the kind, gentle little boy who 
too quickly grew into a man 

A man of integrity and honor 
fulfilling the promise and potential 
of the delightful child of long ago 

I yearn to hug that man 
once more 
to touch him with my love 

For now I write these simple words 
and hope that my feelings 
which are constant and forever 
will rise up off the page 
and touch him with my love 



   


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